7 Fatal Flaws of the Construction Inspection Process

1) Incomplete Inspection Documentation
The problem: Most inspection documentation today is done manually (written in notebooks) and requires painstaking effort. As a result, just the minimum required information is gathered.
The solution: With a mobile first digital solution, information can be captured easily at the point of construction with intuitive software that enables the collection of better quality and quantity of data.

2) Inefficient Inspection Documentation
The problem: Inspectors are required to manually collect data in the field, take photos with a digital device, transcribe notes back in the field office, and copy/paste photos to their diaries.
The solution:Taking advantage of mobile tools in the field allows for the elimination of duplicate effort and reduces travel time between the office and field.

3) Inspection information not shared in “real time”
The problem: Information that is captured manually takes hours and sometimes days to be communicated to the rest of the team through a report, creating decisions based on outdated and old information.
The solution: With today’s technology, inspection data can be shared instantly with text notifications, automated emails, and a shared cloud-based platform so the entire team is working from a real-time single source of truth.

4) Not leveraging digital information

The problem: Static manual data fails to capture a complete picture over time and space.
The solution: The quality of inspection observations will be greatly improved with time stamps, geo-tagging, automated weather observations, photo annotations, etc.

5) Information not easily accessible

The problem: Inspections records are buried in a backroom in dusty boxes that take time to sort through.
The solution: Information needs to be immediately accessible in a searchable, portable, and digitized format

6) Inspection information not enabled with “project intelligence”
The problem: A manual system cannot assemble and mine data in a smart way.
The solution: A digital solution with powerful search/filter tools is necessary to effectively resolve claims, negotiate change orders, and empower other departments (asset management).

7) Not evaluating inspection efficiency and performance
The problem: There are currently no standards or easy ways to track the performance of your teams in the field.
The solution: In order to implement inspection “best practices” and evaluate inspector performance, you need to be able to measure the quantity and quality of inspection observations.

Tom Feliz, Strategic Sales Executive

Tom has led construction projects on site as a project engineer and solution provider leveraging technology for the past 12 years. He has successfully directed teams on how best to transform their business process and turn information into insight through the use of technology and software innovation, empowering better-informed decisions. Tom has specialized skills in process improvement through the integration and application of lean tools and principles as well as change management certification for adoption. He received both Bachelor and Master degrees in engineering from Stanford University.

3 Responses to “7 Fatal Flaws of the Construction Inspection Process”

  1. wilfred hernandez

    Transportation agencies are facing budget and staff reductions. They are looking at using more outside inspection services. Outside inspection consultants will generally keep up with modern technologies, as this is required to survive in their competitive environment. Transportation agencies are looking for a price comparison between in-house Vs. outside inspection cost. This is needed to support the use of Federal funds. If you can help provide this information I believe you will see more and more Transportation agencies out sourcing inspection and testing services and more outside consultants seeking your technologies. Can you provide any cost analysis information?

  2. it’s great and construction communities are in need for such integration methods in their field inspection reports, performances, efficiency etc specially in equipment operations monitoring processes.
    I am specialized in equipment O & M as well as in International Business Administration. so, i would like to hear such a development, but how this can help developing countries Worldwide.

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